Education editions FAQ

Find answers to common questions about Google Workspace for Education editions.

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Availability

What editions does Google Workspace for Education offer?

Google Workspace for Education offers the following options for your organization:

  • Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals—Gives you tools to aid teaching and learning, such as Classroom, Google Meet, Google Docs, Google Forms, and Google Chat.
  • Google Workspace for Education Standard (available April 2021)—Same tools as Education Fundamentals but with advanced security features and enhanced administration controls.
  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade (available April 2021)—Adds enhanced video-communication capabilities, Classroom add-ons, and other features and tools to your Education Fundamentals or Education Standard edition.
  • Google Workspace for Education Plus—Includes all the features in Education Standard and Teaching and Learning Upgrade with additional features for certain services, such as attendance tracking in Google Meet.
Can I have more than one edition at the same time?

You can choose from the Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, or Education Plus editions to meet the needs of your organization. You can add Teaching and Learning Upgrade to either Education Fundamentals or Education Standard to add functionality to your edition, such as enhanced video-communication features. 

How many licenses do I need to buy for paid subscriptions?
  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade—There is no minimum purchase requirement for Teaching and Learning Upgrade.
  • Education Standard and Education Plus—Price is based on your organization’s full-time student enrollment. For example, if your school has 1,000 full-time students, you must buy at least 1,000 licenses. You get one free staff license for every 4 student licenses that you buy. You can buy additional licenses for other users who might need accounts, such as alumni.
Can I upgrade or downgrade between editions?

You can upgrade your subscription at any time. Paid editions are annual subscriptions. You can’t downgrade your edition until the end of your subscription term.

  • Education Fundamentals—You can add Teaching and Learning Upgrade or upgrade to Education Standard or Education Plus.
  • Education Standard (Available April 2021)—You can add Teaching and Learning Upgrade or upgrade to Education Plus.
  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade (Available April 2021)—If you have Teaching and Learning Upgrade along with Education Fundamentals, you can upgrade to Education Standard or Education Plus.
  • Education Plus—Includes all the features available in all Google Workspace for Education editions.
How does each edition handle student and staff licenses?
Education Fundamentals Provides 10,000 user licenses. There’s no difference between teacher and student accounts.
Education Standard Provides separate licenses for students and staff. Students and staff get the same features.*
Teaching and Learning Upgrade Adds tools and functionality to your existing Education Fundamentals or Education Standard account. There’s no difference between teacher and student accounts.
Education Plus Provides separate licenses for students and staff. Only users with a staff license can live-stream video meetings. All other features and capabilities are the same between student and staff licenses.*

* You get one free staff license for every 4 student licenses that you buy.

Features

What's included in each edition?
To see all of the features for each edition, go to the Google for Education website.
How is Education Fundamentals different from G Suite for Education?
Education Fundamentals is the new name for the G Suite for Education edition. If your school uses G Suite for Education today, you don’t have to take any action to transition to Education Fundamentals. Your school's experience remains the same. The requirements to qualify for a Google Workspace for Education edition remain the same. 
Are there differences in storage across editions?
All Education editions give schools 100 TB of storage that’s shared across the institution. You can get additional storage with the Teaching and Learning Upgrade and Education Plus editions based on the number of licenses that you purchase. You can compare editions on the Google for Education website.
Note: Schools with more than 20,000 students can request additional storage.
Will schools that previously purchased G Suite Enterprise for Education automatically get access to all new features that come with Education Plus?
Yes. If you currently have G Suite Enterprise for Education, you get the features and functionality in the new Google Workspace for Education editions, including Education Plus.

Purchasing

How do I purchase Education Standard, Teaching and Learning Upgrade, or Education Plus?

You purchase Education Standard, Teaching and Learning Upgrade, or Education Plus from an authorized Google Workspace for Education partner. Or, you can contact sales.

If you’re a super administrator for your organization, you can purchase or start a free trial of Teaching and Learning Upgrade in the Google Admin console:

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, at the top left, click Menu ""and thenBillingand thenGet more services.
  3. On the left, click Google Workspace for Education.
  4. Next to Teaching and Learning Upgrade, click Upgrade and follow the steps. 
How much does each Google Workspace for Education edition cost?

Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals is free for all qualifying institutions. Education Standard, Teaching and Learning Upgrade, and Education Plus are paid editions.

Customers in the U.S. and Canada can see prices and feature information for each edition on the Google for Education website.

Customers outside of the U.S. and Canada who want information on prices and features can contact our sales team.

Are there different tiers of pricing for students, faculty, and other staff?

No. Education Standard and Education Plus are priced by enrollment (per student). You get one free staff license for every 4 student licenses you purchase. The minimum purchase requirement is determined by your school size. 

For Teaching and Learning Upgrade, you choose how many licenses to buy.

Do I get a discount if I sign a contract for a longer term?

Yes. If you commit to 2 or more years of Google Workspace for Education Plus, you can get a discount. For details, contact an authorized Google Workspace for Education partner.

What is the duration of a paid Google Workspace for Education subscription?

Education Standard, Teaching and Learning Upgrade, and Education Plus are annual subscriptions. Or, you can purchase Teaching and Learning Upgrade as a monthly subscription. Prices are locked for the duration of the subscription term.

Can I get a trial of the paid Google Workspace for Education editions?

Yes. Starting in April 2021, you can get a 60--day trial of 50 licenses for Education Standard, Teaching and Learning Upgrade, or Education Plus. For details, contact an authorized Google Workspace partner.

Can I purchase licenses for only some of my users?

For Education Standard and Education Plus, you buy licenses based on your total student enrollment. You can buy any number of licenses for Teaching and Learning Upgrade.

Can I still buy G Suite Enterprise for Education?

G Suite Enterprise for Education is available at current pricing until April 14, 2021. After that, customers who want a comprehensive and comparable solution should consider the Education Plus edition. For pricing details, go to the Google for Education website.

Important: Enterprise for Education is licensed on a per-user basis. Be sure to review the number of users who need a license to ensure they get access to all features.

Introductory promotional pricing

The introductory promotional offer for G Suite Enterprise for Education full-domain licensing ended on October 31, 2020. Full-domain licensing orders that were placed before this date qualified for a 50% discount on the list price and a three-year price lock. 

I purchased full-domain licensing during the introductory offer. What can I expect when my subscription renews each year?
In the second and third years of renewal, your subscription automatically renews at the promotional price. There’s no action required by you or the reseller.
When your promotion period ends, your subscription automatically renews at the current list price for full-domain licensing.
For resellers: You can see the original promotional price and new subscription price (after renewal) in the Channel Services console.
Can I change resellers and keep the promotional price?
No. You must renew with the same reseller to keep the promotional price in years 2 and 3.
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